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Dec. 17, 2021

New Efforts Underway to Restore Abandoned Olive Groves in Sardinia

Filiera Olivicola Sardegna is raising money to train and hire locals to restore abandoned olive groves in the northwest of the Mediterranean’s second-largest island.

Dec. 9, 2021

Centonze, a Forward-Looking Farm Rooted in Sicily's History

In western Sicily’s Belice Valley, Centonze produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil, celebrating the land and history, while focusing on sustainability and innovation.

Dec. 8, 2021

In Italy, a New Beer Made from Olive Leaves

Birra Olea is made from local olive leaves, which the brewer says lend a smokey flavor and antioxidants.

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Dec. 6, 2021

Archaeologists Gather Online to Celebrate the History of The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet dates back thousands of years. Archaeologists want to make sure its history is always preserved.

Nov. 30, 2021

Egypt Expects Lower Production After Extreme Weather Damages Groves

In many parts of Egypt, yields are expected to be between 50 and 80-percent below the average. However, producers are optimistic about the future.

Nov. 22, 2021

Social Farming Initiatives in Italy Focus on Environment, Inclusion

Italy leads the way in social olive farming with projects in Tuscany and Molise that focus on quality, protecting biodiversity and social inclusion of marginalized groups.

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Aug. 12, 2021

People Here Use More Olive Oil than Anywhere Else in The World

Sammarinese consume an average of 22 kilograms of olive oil each year, or about a liter every two weeks.

Aug. 10, 2021

Brač Seeks Croatia’s Sixth PDO Certification

Olive oil has played an integral role in the cultural, ecological and economic development of the Dalmatian island.

Aug. 4, 2021

Small Farmers and Producers in Italy Organize to Promote Artisanal Oils

The Italian Federation of Independent Olive Growers seeks to promote the culture of small and medium-sized growers and native olive varieties.

Jul. 30, 2021

Just when Olive Oil Tourism Was Trending in Turkey, the Pandemic Hit

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated Turkey’s fledgling olive oil tourism industry. However, producers believe agritourism is the future of the sector.

Jul. 30, 2021

Organic and PDO Producers at Heart of Italy’s Latest Oleotourism Initiative

A new tourism consortium seeks to help producers work more closely with tourism agencies to promote their extra virgin olive oils.

Jul. 20, 2021

Sicily's Monumental Olive Trees Provide Window Into Island’s History

Sicily’s oldest olive trees have stories to tell. From farmers overcoming adversity to the island becoming a trade hub, olive oil production played an essential part.

Jul. 12, 2021

Ali Gürbüz Claims Fourth Title at 660th Kırkpınar

Gürbüz defeated Koç to earn his second consecutive title as Turkey’s chief wrestler. He triumphed over 2,160 other entrants, who came from across the country to the northwestern city of Edirne to compete in the centuries-old tournament.

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Jan. 5, 2021

Cultivating Olive Oil Culture Through the Recognition of Heritage Trees

By identifying centenary olive trees, the organizers of Sudoliva hope to promote olive oil culture in the Americas and help producers along the way.

Dec. 21, 2020

On Shores of Lake Garda, Volunteers Harvest Abandoned Trees for Charity

Volunteers in Toscolano Maderno are demonstrating the economic and social value of abandoned olive trees.

Dec. 9, 2020

Greek Painter Dedicates Athens Mural to the History of Olive Oil Production

In his latest work, Stelios Faitakib seeks to show the long and storied history of Greek olive oil production through a uniquely Greek medium.

Dec. 1, 2020

In Spain, Some See New Opportunities for Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

2020 gave outdoor activities a newfound importance. Efforts are underway to ensure that the olive oil industry is poised to capitalize on the shift.

Nov. 29, 2020

New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

Nov. 29, 2020

Nutri-Score Will Damage Olive Oil Trade, Italian Producers Argue

Trade groups fear the widespread implementation of the Nutri-Score nutrition label will dilute the messages about extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits and hurt Italian producers.

Nov. 20, 2020

Olive Oil Times Awarded for News Coverage by Italian Agriculture Group

The president of the Italian Confederation of Farmers recognized Olive Oil Times for its “fundamental role” in reporting on the sector.

Nov. 9, 2020

Volunteers Lend a Hand in Italy's Olive Harvest to Help Those in Need

Across Italy, students and volunteers are flocking to the olive groves to help with the harvest. The olive oil they help produce is destined for those in need from Sicily to Lombardy.

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